Ralph Abram Chapman
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Lewiston - Ralph Abram Chapman, 53, passed away Oct 9, 2019. Born July 24, 1966, in Bangor, he was the son of Dorothy McKenney Chapman and the late Professor Emeritus Ben Roberts Chapman of Sebago Lake.
Ralph was a 1985 graduate of Orono High School and attended the University of Maine at Augusta for Music. He spent his summers growing up at Sebago Lake, where he was an excellent water skier and enjoyed many hours on the water in his outboard motor boat called the Harbor Master. Ralph was a talented drummer; playing the tri-toms in the Orono High School Marching and Pep Bands, percussion in the concert band and orchestra, drum set for the Orono High School Jazz Band, and several other bands after high school. Ralph was a prolific writer and wrote a humorous weekly column for the Orono High School newspaper under the pen name "Dr. Drums". Growing up he was an active member of the Orono United Methodist Church, its High School Youth Group and their Summer Music Camp at Mechuwana.
He will be remembered for his sense of humor, making his friends, family and those around him laugh. Ralph lived and worked in southern Maine after school. He was an avid rail buff, known by the handle "Night Owl" and could often be found at a train crossing to watch the scheduled passing. Ralph had a gentle soul and love of animals, this was forever displayed by his dedicated care of his beloved kitties.
Ralph is survived by his mother, Dorothy Nancy McKenney Chapman; sister, Nancy Louise Chapman; and nephew, Chapman McKenney Hall.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to United Methodist Church Camp Mechuwana Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 277, Winthrop, ME 04364 or Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, 55 Strawberry Ave, Lewiston, ME 04240. Services for Ralph are private. Arrangements are in the care of the Westbrook Chapel of Dolby Blais & Segee, 35 Church St., Westbrook, ME 04092.
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Published on October 15, 2019


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Cliff and June McCormick
Oct 28, 2019
Our sympathy to Dottie and family. We remember Ralph during his time in Orono. Hopefully your good memories shall sustain you in the days and years to come.
Jared Bamford
Oct 26, 2019
Sad you’re gone, Ralph. I loved seeing you trackside when I would come through Lewiston/Auburn on a freight train. Your joy was infectious. RIP.
Judy Tredwell
Oct 23, 2019
Dear Nancy and Mrs. Chapman:
Right now I'm sure you, both, have an unbearable hole in your heart. But with time, it will scab over and the pain will become a dull ache. Time can help if you let it.
You are in my thoughts and prayers now and in the days to come.
Jennifer Rideout
Oct 16, 2019
Nancy and Mrs. Chapman,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can still see Ralph driving the riding lawnmower around your yard. I thought that was the coolest thing ever!
Leo Kenney
Oct 16, 2019
So sorry to hear of Ralph's passing, many great memories of Ralph from Asa through ohs. My sincere condolences to the Chapmans, gone much too soon.
Kim Armstrong-Julian
Oct 16, 2019
My Condolences to Nancy and Mrs. Chapman. Ralph had such a kind heart. I will alway remember him fondly as a fellow MYFer and friend.
Eric mason
Oct 16, 2019
It was a pleasure to know you Ralph
Dave Kroehler
Oct 16, 2019
Ralph was tireless tri-toms drummer who also brought a good sense of humor, especially about my car. We are sorry his life was this short.
Oct 15, 2019
Any lover of music, and friend of animals, is a friend of mine. I extend to you my sincere condolences.
Kimberly Wade-Haley
Oct 15, 2019
My condolences to the family. Ralph was and will always be a friend. May he rest in peace.
Brian Nadeau
Oct 15, 2019
A musical buddy growing up, and cherished friend. Ralph had a heart of gold, and was always so eager to please those around him. Proud of you 'ol friend for your sensitivity, and the happy memories we shared from childhood. Love to your sweet, and special family. Photo below is Ralph and I, in his parents garage jamming out... about 1978.